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Teens Charged With Videotaping Beating Of Fellow Student

June 6, 1996

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ The attack in a high school hallway lasted less than 30 seconds, but as a symbol of teen violence it will be around much longer.

The beating at South High School was captured on videotape and broadcast nationally on television.

``The big reason why this is all of a sudden news is that the videotape surfaced and everybody was disturbed to see what a fistfight looked like,″ said police spokesman Sgt. William Muldoon.

Ryan Nokes never fought back when an older boy jumped him last month and beat him so viciously it left broken bones in his face and foot.

Police say while one boy engaged in the beating, a friend recorded the whole thing with a video camera, and is even heard on the taping egging him on.

The tape led to the arrest Tuesday of Johnny Tkaczuk, 16, on a charge of third-degree assault and alleged camera operator Zachary Bornhoft, 16, on suspicion of misdemeanor assault. Both are in the custody of their parents, awaiting a June 25 court appearance.

On the tape, discovered by a teacher, 15-year-old Ryan asks the two boys to stop following him around and Tkaczuk blind-sides him with a punch in the head, then throws more than 20 punches until someone stops the attack.

Several students are seen watching the May 10 beating and doing nothing to stop it.

``Most kids just want to see a fight,″ explained 15-year-old Rick Cap, who was not there. ``Plus, the kid who got beat up didn’t have enough friends around to break it up.″

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